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To Get Out The Vote, Evangelicals Try Data Mining

The company United In Purpose is going through personal data — from magazine subscriptions to NASCAR ticket purchases — to identify unregistered Christian conservatives and sign them up. UIP hopes to sway the 2012 elections by signing up 5 million new voters.
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Why Michigan Catholics Favor The Mormon Candidate

Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum are battling for Tuesday's Republican primary, and polls show the candidates are neck-and-neck. One group that Romney appears to have an advantage with is Roman Catholic voters despite the fact Romney is Mormon and Santorum Catholic.
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Israel-Iran Relations: A Native Poet's Perspective

Poet Roya Hakakian is both Iranian and Jewish, and in an op-ed in Sunday's New York Times, she argues that the two nations share an intertwined history that should discourage the prospect of war. Host Scott Simon speaks with Hakakian, author of Land of No, about the looming possibility of war between Iran and Israel.
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Afghan Outrage Grows Violent Over U.S. Quran Burnings

At least 25 people have died in riots this week across Afghanistan ever since U.S. officials revealed that American soldiers had burned copies of the Muslim holy book. On Saturday, more than 1,000 demonstrators clashed with police outside a United Nations compound in the north of the country. Host Scott Simon gets the latest on the unrest from NPR's Quil Lawrence.
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N.J.: NYPD Crossed The Line In Monitoring Muslims

There's new controversy over the New York Police Department's intelligence-gathering tactics after documents surfaced detailing information on Newark mosques and Muslim-owned businesses. Activists see it as an overly broad investigation of law-abiding Muslims, while local officials are upset by the department's reach outside New York City.
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Pentagon Official Apologizes For Burning Quran

A senior Pentagon official apologized to Washington-area Muslims, for burning Qurans at a military base in Afghanistan.

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How To Properly Dispose Of Sacred Texts

The burning of Qurans by the U.S. military in Afghanistan has led to days of rioting by Muslims who say it was a desecration of their holy book and an affront to Islam. Many faiths prescribe specific rituals for disposing of their sacred texts.
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Southern Baptist Convention Debates Name Change

The largest protestant denomination in the US — the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) — has been talking for years about a name change. The word "Southern" has its roots in a church split over the issue of slavery that took place before the Civil War, nearly 170 years ago. These days, some church members feel the denomination's regional-sounding name is a hindrance to its mission nationwide. A task force for the SBC has now formally explored the question of dropping the word "Southern." Host Audie Cornish talks with the SBC's President, Reverend Bryant Wright, about what the task force is recommending.

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